I know I’ve written this story before, but it is pertinent now. As a young Christian, two angels swooped down on me, each taking an arm, and flew me across heaven at the speed of sound! They set me down, though I don’t know on what, and before me was a dais with four steps all layered with gold. A man dressed in fire sat on a throne; He held out His arms and said, “Come to Me.” I looked down to see what I would walk on and discovered I was dressed like a three -year-old girl, black patent leather shoes, a little cotton dress with a puffy skirt. That was appropriate as spiritually that’s about how old I was.
I assume you know that after we are born-again, we must grow up spiritually. To grow spiritually we apply ourselves to the Bible and obey what we read there. Reading the Bible is giving nourishment to our spirit and our soul. We need to put faith to our actions. But the best way to grow up spiritually is to be intimate with God.
No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor except the uniquely beloved Son, who is cherished from the lap of the Father and held close to his heart. Now he has led the way into the knowledge of God (John 1:18 TPT).
The way we grow soulishly is by learning. The salvation of our soul rests on our shoulders. That’s why Paul prays for us like this:
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (Ephesians 1:15–17).
Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. After all, God’s design was to put us on earth, give us opportunities to love Him, and see, according to that standard, who would spend eternity with Him. I, personally, don’t want to spend eternity with rebellious, self-centered people. I’m sure God doesn’t either. That’s why He sets standards, and why He sent His Son to pay the price for us, and why the Holy Spirit leads us through the trials and tribulations encountered in the race God gave each one of us to run.
Remember this one factor: God is so huge that He fills everything that He has created. He is so our size that He fits inside of us and knows our every thought and deed. He continually and completely loves you and me!